Kenya, US to hold talks on suspended aid

Kenya is set to hold talks this week with the U. S. in a bid to have Washington resume aid to Kenya’s health sector that was suspended on May 9 over corruption concerns.

Kenya’s Health Cabinet Secretary Cleophas Mailu told a media briefing that the talks will help Kenya finalize its position on the concrete steps to give comfort to donors to the health sector.

“We are confident that in the next weeks, the U.S. will rescind its decision suspending aid to Kenya’s health sector,” Mailu said when the Health Ministry donated medical commodities to faith -based institutions worth 2.65 million U.S. dollars.

The U.S. Agency for International Development on May 9, issued a directive to withhold logistics support to Kenya’s health sector until certain issues are resolved.

The CS said that the suspension will not affect service delivery of drugs or family planning services at Kenya’s health institutions.

“So Kenyan should not have any fear that there will be stock outs at public health facilities,” he added.

Mailu said that Kenya has been strengthening its procurement systems since last year when an audit revealed that funds were misappropriated.

The minister said: “the aim is to ensure that the system is tamper proof so that both government and donor money is not lost.

“However the reforms will not be complete overnight but we are committed to complete by next week, so that donors are assured that their money is safe.”

Rafat S.